A budget-friendly transitional French design with separate casita

Los Altos French Transitional

Bill and Erin originally hired us to design a remodel of their single story ranch home in Los Altos. After we looked at a number of options including both horizontal and vertical additions, the couple decided that their location behind Los Altos High School did not warrant a significant investment in a large project.

Shifting their attention to another lot entirely, Bill and Erin sold their house and bought a teardown on a 20,000 s.f. lot in an unincorporated part of Los Altos called Country Club Acres. Our design for a new home included space for the couple’s two young boys, as well as a separate casita for Erin’s father.

Eschewing the Spanish style we had designed for their remodel for cost reasons, Bill and Erin opted for a more budget-friendly transitional French exterior, with smooth white stucco walls and black clad wood windows.

The house was permitted through Santa Clara County and required both Building Site Approval (BSA) and a building permit.


  • Scope of Work:¬†Demolish an existing one story residence and replace with a new 3,874.5 s.f two story single family residence with 3 bedrooms and 4 baths, a secondary dwelling unit of 694 s.f. in the rear yard with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, and garage area of 791.4 s.f. with an enclosed porch area of 397.3 s.f. totaling 4,665.9 s.f.
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Project Cost:¬†$1,000,001 – $1,500,000
  • Location: Los Altos, CA


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